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World Class Facilities

Our suite of specialist research and learning facilities are used extensively by students, researchers, defence organisations, government bodies and international industry partners, who rely on them to innovate and develop new designs, undertake research to improve efficiency and safety, and teach students.

This creates an exceptional environment for facilitating research in diverse areas such as maritime renewable energy, naval architecture, fluid dynamics, offshore engineering, human centred design, sustainable ports and underwater robotics.

Launceston Defence Innovation and Design Precinct feasibility study underway

The University of Tasmania is working with the State and Australian Governments to establish a Defence Innovation and Design Precinct to leverage and build on the region's existing defence infrastructure and development and manufacturing capabilities.

We are building on the maritime and marine research excellence that exists across the University by expanding and developing a new precinct at Newnham in Launceston, adjacent to the unique facilities at the Australian Maritime College.

The establishment of a Defence Innovation and Design Precinct will foster and promote new research and development collaborations, and encourage the co-location of industry to use world-class facilities and draw on the wide ranging expertise of the University. This clustering model has already attracted new business to Tasmania.

The University is building on its proven capability in maritime engineering, robotics, simulation, analytics and design, and strong links with industry and government. With a range of specialist facilities and equipment, one of Australia's best high performance computing networks and state of the art data acquisition and modelling capabilities for both terrestrial and marine applications, there is an opportunity to provide a unique platform for innovation.

A new Defence Innovation and Design Precinct in Tasmania directly addresses the priorities of the Australian Government Defence White Paper (2016) as well as the Tasmanian Government's Defence Strategy Paper (2016) whilst also delivering a stimulus to new business growth and job creation in Tasmania.